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Our blog chronicles our adventures around our 1952 concrete block house. 

Blog of the Month - October 2011

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Over at Our Concrete Home, Andrea, Nate, and their two feline friends (Pixel & Loki) are busy making their concrete block house a home. Since purchasing their 1950's house in 2009, they've filled their blog with details on all kinds of DIY projects (including painting inside and out, replacing windows and doors, removing tired landscaping and tearing out old flooring, to name a few). Alongside their project work, they're sharing some decorating inspiration, their entertaining adventures, and the experience of being featured on Bath Crashers. Our personal favorite, though, are the Feline Friday posts featuring all of Pixel and Loki's mischief … they make us smile every time! Be sure to stop on over and get to know this great blog … we're sure you won't be disappointed!

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 19-20

Authors: Andrea

Oh my goodness, I don’t know where to start. If you watched any of the videos I recorded, you know I had a difficult time with the first trimester but around Week 18 my nausea went away and daily life has become a lot easier. I feel good and now officially look pregnant.

Highlights of Weeks 19-20

  • Half way through the pregnancy
  • The
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Feline Friday: Sentry duty

Authors: Andrea

I talked about Pixel’s managerial role last week so I felt I should give you some insight to Loki’s “job” around the house.

He spends many evenings sitting in perfect formation on our dining table watching for trouble in the backyard. We call him the sentry for his perfect form and his serious expression while...

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Salvaged Dining Room Chairs

Authors: Andrea

Meet the four dining room chairs I salvaged from my uncle’s backyard. He had inherited them from his in-laws who used them for years in their kitchen.

I saw them sitting in the backyard and was immediately smitten. Look at those lines! My mom saw my reaction and knew I had been looking for the right chair for my dining room so...

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A small addition to the family

Authors: Andrea

Well, the cat(s) are out of the bag! I’m pregnant and we are so excited!

Nate and I found out back in October during the roof remodel. Since then it has been a little crazy around here.

Somehow we made it through the remodel, nausea and all the new challenges pregnancy can bring. I am currently at the end of my 19th week and...

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Feline Friday: The Manager

Authors: Andrea

Hard to see in this photo, but Pixel is sitting in the missing block watching Nate paint.

I tried to get a shot from the other side, but Pixel hates having her photo taken. Luckily, she really likes home improvement projects especially painting. She’s always close-by keeping tabs on us, so we call her the Manager. ...

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Drywall, Mud, Paint and Moulding

Authors: Andrea

With the roof finished, our focus moved to the inside of the house. We still had most of the furniture in the front room and I for one, was ready to put back our house. But before we could do that, we had to finish the ceiling in the great room.

We decided it would be cost-effective to hire out the drywall installation and mudding....

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Feline Friday: Winter Slumbers

Authors: Andrea

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Project Roof: Week Five+

Authors: Andrea

1) Preparation – two three weeks

  • Remove pergola on back patio
  • Removing the 3′ addition on the front of carport
  • Add additional support in carport
  • Repair porch overhangs
  • Prune bushes and trees away from the roof
  • Remove remaining ceiling in our Great Room
  • Replace all our fascia
  • Fix our skylights
  • Prep plumbing
  • Put up plastic sheeting
  • ...

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Feline Friday: Dealing

Authors: Andrea

I was surprised how well Loki dealt with the roof construction. We only had to give him the anxiety meds three times during the whole process.

I found he often hid in my closet when the “men with boots” came to the house. So I set up a basket for him in the closet and he went there everyday to sleep until all the men...

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Project Roof: Week Four

Authors: Andrea

I am back to recap the final weeks of the roof renovation. Week Four turned our Roof Project into a full madness – and honestly it’s a little painful to look back at this time.

First let’s take a look at the project list and what we’ve crossed off this week.

1) Preparation – two three weeks

  • Remove
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